Join us at the Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret while our team takes you to the Victorian era and goes over the surgical procedures that were done in our space. To understand the dramatic location of our operating theatre in the attic of a church, they will first explore the origins and history of Old St Thomas’ Hospital and a quick overview of the medical profession. They will then describe the most common surgical procedures that would have taken place in this original space nearly 200 years ago. Listen as the team delve into the horrors of surgery before the arrival of anaesthesia and antiseptics that helped pave the way to our modern medical procedures. Shown live from the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe, you will see the original space located in the attic of an 18th century church, where up to 150 medical students would have once gathered and learnt their trade. More Information
Housed in the attic of the early eighteenth-century church of the old St Thomas’ Hospital, this atmospheric museum offers a unique insight into the history of medicine and surgery. The Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garrett hosts a series of themed evening talks and Q&As on fascinatlingly morbid topics ranging from the fear of ressurection to the bubonic plague… Click here to see current talks.